When The Buffalo News called the Oldham residence in Lockport, Betty Oldham was the first to learn that her husband's entry had been selected to receive the grand prize in SUPER JINGO No. 423 -- a trip for two to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mrs. Oldham explained that this victory arrived just as they were about to give up playing.
"We have been playing for years," she said. "I have never won anything, so I thought that I was just supporting the post office with my entries."
"This is a real treat. I can't believe it," she said.
The Oldhams will travel on USAir to enjoy four nights and five days in Fort Lauderdale. Their trip includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations and $500 cash.
They will stay at the Sheraton Design Center, designed to be one of the most beautiful and sophisticated hotels in the Southeast. It features a host of recreational facilities, including two tennis courts, two indoor racquetball courts, a swimming pool and a complete fitness center. Dining choices include the popular Boodles Restaurant and Lounge and The Deli, a 24-hour gourmet food and sandwich shop.
The 12-story, 250-room Sheraton Design Center Hotel is located only minutes from greater Fort Lauderdale's most popular facilities and attractions, including the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and, of course, greater Fort Lauderdale's fabulous beaches and waterways.
Flight arrangements are courtesy of USAir, which currently flies to over 168 cities throughout the United States and Canada. USAir also travels to Bermuda, London and Frankfurt, Germany.
The Oldhams have visited Fort Lauderdale before and are looking forward to returning.
"Thank you so much," Mrs. Oldham said.
Other top prize winners in SUPER JINGO Game 423 include:
Carmen Caggiano of West Seneca, a $1,000 computer certificate.
Dorothy Brown of West Seneca, a weekend in Toronto.
Nicole Carroccia of Orchard Park, a weekend in Niagara Falls.
The Sonkoly family of Amherst, two season tickets to the Buffalo Bills games at Rich Stadium.
"How did you know that I wanted the computer?" asked Carmen Caggiano.
Caggiano, this week's second-prize winner, said he is a pharmaceutical representative and has often thought of purchasing a home computer to keep track of his business calls.
"This is unbelievable! You have made my day," he said.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have been playing for three years and this is their first win.
Third-prize winner Dorothy Brown said she will take one of her sons with her to Toronto. She has been playing SUPER JINGO for four years and won theater tickets and dinner last year.
Nicole Carroccia had luck the first time she played SUPER JINGO.
"I can't believe I won fourth prize," Ms. Carroccia said. "My boyfriend's mother plays SUPER JINGO regularly and convinced me to start playing."
Ms. Carroccia will take her boyfriend, Ed Pawlk, with her to Niagara Falls.
Nine-year-old Christopher Sonkoly submitted the entry that won fifth prize for his family.
Him mother, Edith, said Chris will share the season tickets with his father, Steven.
"Chris has always wanted to go to a Bills game," she said. The phone call from The News was a perfect way to start Chris' summer vacation from school.
In addition to the five winners noted above, 95 other Western New Yorkers learn today that their names have been selected for a prize. If your name appears in today's winning lineup, remember it is not necessary to phone or visit The News. Your prize will be mailed to you. Game cards for SUPER JINGO No. 425 may be found on Page 28 of today's TV TOPICS.